Super League XV

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Super League XV
League Super League
Duration27 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)
Teams14
Highest attendance26,642
Magic Weekend Day 1 (1 May)
Lowest attendance2,330
Harlequins vs. Catalans Dragons (14 February)
Average attendance9,615 [1]
Attendance990,439 [1]
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nine Network

Flag of France.svg Orange Sport

Flag of the United States.svg America One

Flag of Europe.svg Sport Klub
2010 season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2nd Super League title
19th English title
League Leaders Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Runners-up Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of Steel Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards (388)
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards (29)
Seasons

The 2010 Super League season (known as the Engage Super League XV for sponsorship reasons) was the 15th season of the European rugby league football competition, Super League. [2] Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend at Murrayfield Stadium). All clubs also participated in the 2010 Challenge Cup tournament. The season officially kicked off on 5 February with the Crusaders versus the Leeds Rhinos on 29 January at Crusaders' new homeground at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Crusaders halfback Michael Witt scored the first points of the season with a penalty goal and the Rhinos came away with the first competition points, posting a 34 to 6 victory.

Contents

The season came to a conclusion with Wigan Warriors beating St. Helens 22-10 in the Super League Grand Final on 2 October [3] with two tries for Martin Gleeson.

Teams

Super League XV was the second year of a licensed Super League. Under this system, promotion and relegation between Super League and National League One was abolished, and 14 teams were granted licences subject to certain criteria. All twelve teams from Super League XIII were given places, as well as former Super League team Salford City Reds and Crusaders.

Geographically, the vast majority of teams in Super League are based in the north of England, four teams – Warrington, St. Helens, Salford and Wigan – to the west of the Pennines in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and seven teams to the east in Yorkshire – Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield Trinity, Leeds, Castleford, Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers. Catalans Dragons are the only team based in France and are outside of the United Kingdom. Crusaders are the only team in Wales, and Harlequins are the only team to be based in a capital city (London).

TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (2010 season) Grattan Stadium, Odsal 27,000 Bradford, West Yorkshire
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (2010 season) The Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (2010 season) Stade Gilbert Brutus 10,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Cruscolours.svg Crusaders (2010 season) The Racecourse Ground 15,000 Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins (2010 season) Twickenham Stoop 12,700 Twickenham, London
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (2010 season) Galpharm Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (2010 season) Kingston Communications Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2010 season) "New" Craven Park 9,471 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (2010 season) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds (2010 season) The Willows 11,363 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. (2010 season) The GPW Recruitment Stadium 17,500 St Helens, Merseyside
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2010 season) Belle Vue 12,600 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2010 season) Halliwell Jones Stadium 14,206 Warrington, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (2010 season) DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester
 Reigning champions

Rules

Rule changes

The RFL announced two new rule interpretations intended to increase player safety in the tackle: [4]

Operational rules

The 'club trained player rule' entered its third year and made a planned adjustment: [5]

Results

Season Summary

January

February

April

May

August

September

October

Table

Pos.TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 272205922411+51144
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 272007946547+39940
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 272007885488+39740
4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 271719725561+16435
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2716110758439+31933
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 2716011569584−1532
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 2714112653632+2129
8 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders RL 2712015547732−18524
9 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2711016648766−11822
10 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 279117528728−20019
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 279018539741−20218
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 278019448857−40916
13 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 277020494838−34414
14 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 276021409747−33812
 Teams qualifying for the Play-offs

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Play-offs

The play-offs commence following the conclusion of 27 round regular season. To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, Super League adopts the unique Super League play-off system. The finals will conclude with the 2010 Super League Grand Final.

 Qualifying / Elimination play-offsPreliminary semi-finalsQualifying semi-finals Grand Final
                     
 QPO1:   
1  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 26 
4  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27  PSF1:   
        Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors42  
EPO1:       HKRcolours.svg Hull KR18   QSF1: St Helens selected Huddersfield [9]
5  Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 18       Saintscolours.svg St Helens42 
8  Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 12       Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants22  GF: 2 October, Old Trafford
      Saintscolours.svg St Helens10
 EPO2:    QSF2:      Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors22
6  Hullcolours.svg Hull 4      Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos6 
7  HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 21  PSF2:       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors26 
     Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves22  
QPO2:       Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants34  
2  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 28  
3  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 12  
  
Key:     Losing team progressing   Winning team progressing   Winning team's progression chosen

Week 1. Qualifying/Elimination play-offs: Fixtures decided by regular reason finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 2. Preliminary semi-finals: Fixtures decided by regular season finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 3. Qualifying semi-finals: Winners of Qualifying play-offs play winners of Qualifying semi-finals. Fixtures decided by Club Call. Winners of Qualifying play-offs receive home ground advantage.

HomeScoreAwayMatch Information
Date and Time (Local)VenueRefereeCrowd
QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATION FINALS
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 28 12 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 10 September, 8:00pm GPW Recruitment Stadium Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)14,632
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 18 12 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 11 September, 3:45pm Galpharm Stadium Ben Thaler(Wakefield)5,869
Hullcolours.svg Hull 4 21 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 11 September, 6:00pm KC Stadium Phil Bentham (Warrington)17,699
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 26 27 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 12 September, 6:45pm DW Stadium Thierry Alibert (Toulouse)14,987
PRELIMINARY SEMI-FINALS
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 42 18 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 17 September, 8:00pm DW Stadium R Silverwood11,133
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 22 34 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 18 September, 6:15pm Halliwell Jones Stadium P Bentham8,050
SEMI-FINALS
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 42 22 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 24 September, 8:00pm GPW Recruitment Stadium P Bentham13,510
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 6 26 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 25 September, 5:15pm Headingley Stadium R Silverwood13,693
GRAND FINAL
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 10 22 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2 October, 6:00pm Old Trafford, Manchester R Silverwood71,526

Awards

Awards have been presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs: [10]

Disciplinary record

The following table lists all incidents that were reviewed by the Rugby Football League during Super League XV, which were later deemed "guilty" and resulted in disciplinary action. The offenses were graded, depending on severity, in alphabetical order, "A" being less severe than "B".

Media

Television

2010 was the second of a three-year broadcasting agreement between the RFL and BSkyB for Sky Sports to screen matches exclusively live within the United Kingdom. [13] The deal for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 season was worth in excess of £50 million. [14] [15]

Sky Sports' continued coverage in the UK sees two live matches broadcast each week - one on Friday at 7:30pm and another at 6pm on Saturday. Regular commentators are Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Highlights are shown on Boots N' All which is shown on Sky Sports and is rebroadcast on the Internet.[ citation needed ]

BBC Sport broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show , usually presented by Harry Gration. The BBC have elected to broadcast this only to the North West, Yorkshire and North Midlands, North East and Cumbria, and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions on a Sunday. A national repeat is broadcast overnight during the week, the BBC Director of Sport, Richard Moseley, commented that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. End of season play-offs are shown across the whole country in a highlights package. Super League Show is available for streaming or downloaded using the BBC iPlayer in the UK.

Orange Sport TV in France shows every Catalans Dragons home match live and also some other matches which are broadcast in the UK live on Sky.

Internationally Super League is shown live on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand), NTV+ (Russia), SportKlub (Eastern Europe).

2010 was the second year of a three-year deal in which the Nine Network in Australia show up to 70 live games from Super League over the season. [16] [17]

In the United States America One show live Super League games from 2010. [18]

Channel Nine started coverage of 2010 matches from 7 March at midnight (leading into Monday morning) due to coverage of the Winter Olympics they could not show the earlier matches.

Radio

Super League XV is covered extensively by BBC Local Radio:

The competition is also covered on commercial radio coverage:

All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.

Internet

ESPN3 has worldwide broadband rights.

Starting from 9 April 2009, all of the matches shown on Sky Sports are also available live online via Livestation everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand. [19]

In the United Kingdom, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Warrington cover Harlequins, Crusaders (home games) and Warrington (home games) respectively.

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